The 8 Best Ride-On Toys to Buy for Toddlers in 2018

Help them burn off all that energy

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When it comes to toddlers, ride-on toys are a perfect way to not only burn off some of that oh-so-prevalent toddler energy, but also to build muscles, improve coordination and just have some plain old fun.

And have you seen the array of toddler ride-on toys available today? There are choices galore from electronic versions that zoom around to more traditional models that make little legs do the work. No matter the toddler, there’s a perfect ride out there for everyone. Here are eight of our favorites.

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    Radio Flyer Scoot-About

    This spiffy red ride-on has all the makings of a tricycle, minus the pedals. Instead, this one is powered by little legs pushing it forward. It’s a great way for little ones to get the hang of a bike without the pedals getting in the way and to get some good exercise while they’re at it.

    The seat adjusts to keep up with all those toddler growth spurts and is designed for toddlers ages one to three. It also comes complete with fun streamers on the handlebars and a bell for them to ring and let all the neighbors know they’re coming.

    It can be used indoors and out and even comes equipped with a front bumper to protect walls and furniture in case they decide to play their own version of bumper cars.

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    COLORTREE Ride-on Excavator Pretend Play Construction Truck

    For those fascinated with construction crews, this ride-on excavator is the perfect ride. It even comes with a matching, bright yellow helmet, just like all real construction workers wear. The seat can rotate around, and the digger and bucket move up and down with an easy-to-use control stick. This machine can be used to scoop up sand, snow, toys or whatever else little ones find to scoop.

    Three wheels on each side allow them to scoot around backward and forward in search of the next job that needs to be done. Designed for kids ages two to five, it will hold up to 66 pounds. A great way for kids to develop their physical skills and fuel imaginative play, this toy is up to the job!

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    Fisher-Price Little People Music Parade Ride-On

    This fun, friendly vehicle is a perfect first ride-on for little ones. Bright and cheery, it’s a rootin’ tootin’ good time as it features all sorts of musical sounds for them to explore. It plays five different marching tunes at the touch of a button, and various instruments like a drum and trumpet make their own individual sounds. Little composers can also bang out their own tunes on the keyboard located on the hood of the car.

    The sounds are powered by two AA batteries, which are included, but it’s little legs that do the work to make this car go. A storage space is located under the seat for hauling toys, snacks or anything that will fit. Let the parade begin!

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    Step2 Whisper Ride II

    Beep, beep, this car is coming through. Much more fun than a regular stroller, mom or dad can push little ones in this sleek ride. The handle folds down, which makes it easy to throw in the trunk of a car for use at the park, mall or wherever your toddler would rather ride than walk.

    There are even two cup holders — one for the kid, and one for the mom or dad doing all the work! There’s storage under the hood to hold diapers, snacks or toys, and there’s even a seat belt to teach safety first, no matter how fast you’re going. And, of course, there’s a horn, because what fun would a toy car be without a horn?

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    Pewi Ybike Ride On Toy and Walking Buddy

    This crazy looking toy is full of fun possibilities that will grow as your child develops. As they begin to explore walking, it can be used as a “walking buddy,” then as they grow, they can use it as a ride-on toy. It has won awards for its innovative design that helps toddlers develop motor and cognitive skills while they play. The wide, long base ensures it won’t tip over as toddlers move it about.

    It comes in a variety of colors and can hold children up to 44 pounds. As long as there’s a smooth surface, it can be used inside or out and has non-marking rubber wheels, so you don’t have to worry about scuffs on your floors.

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    Micro Mini 2-Go Deluxe Scooter

    Little speedsters will get years of use out of this flexible scooter. For littler ones (recommended for ages 18 months and up), it’s a sleek ride-on toy that’s easy to maneuver. Once they get the hang of that, it can be converted to a three-wheel scooter for zipping around just like the big kids. In ride-on mode there’s also a drawer so they can transport their favorite things, but the drawer is also removable for a sleeker ride or those times when mom and dad would prefer they don’t transport all of their favorite things.

    The t-bar can be removed, making it easily portable too. It comes in a variety of colors to match any toddler’s taste, and it’s sure to be one of the coolest-looking rides on the block.

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    Little Tikes Princess Horse & Carriage

    Once upon a time, there was this amazing horse and carriage ride just for little princesses. While her majesty is, of course, always in the driver’s seat, if her royal feet want a break, mom or dad can take the reins and pull her about town. If she’s ready to take the reins, then the floorboard can be removed and she can power her carriage all by herself. The driver’s side door opens and closes, there are cup holders, and the horse even makes a clop, clop sound. And seriously, it doesn’t get much more adorable than this. Talk about a fairy tale ride.

    It’s great for imaginative play as she rides off to save her kingdom, rescue her Prince Charming or whatever calls her royal name. Recommended for ages 18 months to five years, it will get years of majestic use. And everyone will live happily ever after… well, except for a few temper tantrums along the way. We are talking about toddlers, after all.

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    PUQU Monster Truck Design Kids Travel Suitcase Toddler Luggage With Wheels

    Perhaps one of the most practical ride-on toys out there, this tough monster truck also does double duty as a suitcase. When you’re staying close to home, it’s a fun ride-on toy that toddlers can scoot around on, inside or out. When you hit the road, it’s perfect to load up with clothing, toys and other essentials that little ones need for the trip. Once it’s packed they can hop on board and ride it or let mom or dad pull them (a durable strap is included) to their destination when their legs get tired.

    Heads will turn, and it will make travel a whole lot more fun than trying to juggle a toddler and extra luggage. Bonus: Its size (20” x 18” x 10”) makes it a great carry-on for airplane travel.